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New Zealand lose openers after Hafeezs ton in first Test
Following a promising opening partnership of 57, left-arm spinner Zulfiqar Babar removed first innings centurion Tom Latham for 20 before Yasir Shah bowled Brendon McCullum for 39. Earlier Pakistan opener Mohammad Hafeez hit an unbeaten 101 to help Pakistan declare their second innings at 175-2 for an ideal position to force a 1-0 lead in the three-match series. Shah, who so far has figures of 2-15, then accounted for McCullum and Taylor in successive overs to push Pakistan closer to their third win in a row after routing Australia 2-0 last week. Hafeez reached his sixth Test hundred, with a couple off McCullum. The first session saw Younis and Hafeez batting solidly. Younis, who hit a brilliant 100 not out in the first innings, survived a leg-before decision on the last ball before lunch, bowled by leg-spinner Ish Sodhi. Hafeez opened up after a cautious start, hitting boundaries off paceman Trent Boult and then hit two off Sodhi to complete his fifty and follow up his 96 in Pakistan's first innings of 566-3 declared. Pakistan, resuming at 15-0, had looked for quick runs but were checked by disciplined New Zealand bowling.

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